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More on ‘Martha’ due in May

Amended Byron book to be released with telepic preem

To coincide with NBC’s May 19 premiere of “Martha Inc.,” the biopic based on Christopher Byron’s bestselling book about the scandal-plagued do-it-yourself diva, a significantly updated paperback edition is on sale this week.

While the paperback was always skedded for release this year, 40 pages of additional reporting were added in order to bring readers up to date on Stewart’s ImClone dealings and subsequent government investigations into her stock trading.

“We thought it would be weird to just append it to the end or the beginning,” said Pamela van Giessen, the book’s editor at John Wiley & Sons.

Initial print run of the paperback is 200,000, the same as the hardcover, which came out last May.

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Included are more nuanced accounts of Stewart’s longstanding relationship with ImClone founder Sam Waksal (who, Byron writes, paid rent on Stewart’s daughter Lexi’s Madison Avenue apartment), and made-for-TV anecdotes, such as the Post-It notes Stewart left for “sneaky CBS staffers” who left her set kitchen on “The Early Show” a “dirty and unsanitary mess.”

The “Martha” movie, starring Cybill Shepherd as Stewart and produced by Jaffe-Braunstein Films, also has been brought up to date. Tim Matheson and Joanna Cassidy co-star.

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